Straight Shooting

Straight Shooting

A film by John Ford
Starring Harry Carey, Duke R. Lee, George Berrell

Ford’s first feature follows Cheyenne (Harry Carey), a freelance outlaw hired to intervene in a dispute between a scheming rancher and a farmer. Both a tragic murder and growing affection for the farmer’s daughter leads Harry to a moral reckoning regarding his gun-for-hire ethos.

Similar to Ford’s later Westerns, Straight Shooting never veers into action for the sake of action. It is leisurely and steadily paced, accented by pauses and reflections, yet Ford knows when to heighten the tension, especially in the film’s exciting climax. Archival print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

 

Technical Information

Production Year
1917
Country of Production
USA
Language
English
Running Time
60 mins

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